SJC Brooklyn Partners With Local Organizations to Organize School Supply Drive

August 21, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – August 21, 2018 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it  will once again partner with the Brooklyn YWCA and national sorority Sigma Gamma Rho to gather and distribute school supplies to young women enrolled in the YWLEAD program on Thursday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn YWCA.

“Our annual school supply drive enables St. Joseph's College to support our community and help dozens of local students start the upcoming school year in a position to succeed,” said SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D. “It is our pleasure to join the Brooklyn YWCA and Gamma Sigma Rho to ensure that the young women in the YWLEAP Program have the materials they need to thrive in high school and work toward their dreams in college.”

“For the YWCA Brooklyn, this event reinforces the circle of empowerment that lies at the core of our mission,” said Martha Kamber, CEO of YWCA Brooklyn. “Our residents, many of whom were formerly homeless and possess very limited means, secured many of the supplies that we are giving out. Both they and our partners see the intrinsic value of the YWLEAD program in preparing the next generation of women for leadership and success. ”

At the distribution event, dinner will be served and entertainment will be provided by the YWCA. Families will have an opportunity to make backpacks for their children with the supplies generously provided by the residents of the YWCA and the partnering organizations. 

For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or [email protected].

About YWCA of Brooklyn
YWCA Brooklyn is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA’s housing, advocacy and community programs support women as they rebuild their lives, heal from past traumas and look forward to a brighter future. YWCA Brooklyn is the largest provider of safe, affordable housing in the downtown Brooklyn area, with 299 units for low-income and homeless women. 

About Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., is a leading international, non-profit community service organization that continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea. The sorority has been dedicated to service in communities around the world for more than 90 years. For more information, visit

About St. Joseph’s College
St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.